WNYC Transmitter Park is the first new, significant open space on the Greenpoint waterfront.
WNYC Transmitter Park is an open space located on the Greenpoint waterfront on the shore of New York City’s East River. This area contains a wide swath of decaying industrial sites contrasting with dramatic views of the Manhattan skyline. To the east, Greenpoint’s upland neighborhood is a long-established residential community with strong ties to local history. Greenpoint residents take tremendous pride in their community’s contributions during the 19th and 20th centuries when the waterfront served as an industrial and economic engine for the City and the country. The Civil War-era ironside ship, the U.S.S. Monitor and the caissons for the Brooklyn Bridge were among the many significant shipping, manufacturing and technological achievements produced in Greenpoint during this time.
Over the past several decades, changing economic patterns, technological advances and shifting land development patterns have impacted many of NYC’s waterfront communities, including Greenpoint’s, resulting in vacancy and under-utilization of industrial resources.
In response, the City legislated a new and dramatically different vision for the Greenpoint-Williamsburg Waterfront through the 2005 Greenpoint-Williamsburg Zoning Amendment. As the City, the neighborhood and the development community implement this new vision, existing and planned open spaces, such as Transmitter Park, is proving essential in defining the character and vitality of the waterfront.
Located on the site of the former WNYC radio station and a ferry terminal, the park is the first new significant open space on the Greenpoint waterfront. The design incorporates community suggestions and comments provided throughout the design process.
The design includes a recreational pier at the end of Kent Street. There is also a scenic area that overhangs the water to the south plus an esplanade that connects with other esplanades sites. Outstanding views of the Manhattan skyline can be enjoyed throughout the park, particularly from the pier, overlook and esplanade. The pier consists of pods and connecting bridges with a fishing station and shade structure.
The former WNYC radio broadcasting building was converted into a café. Plus a wall retains a planted slope at the edge of the esplanade and can be used for seating and relaxation. At the water’s edge, the former relieving platform was replaced with a natural wetland shoreline. A pedestrian bridge crosses an excavated historic ferry slip restored as a wetland and a large, inviting lawn defines the central space of the park.
This open lawn slopes up to a lush bird garden and children’s play area. The area includes a child-friendly play structure, sand play and water play areas are meant for the enjoyment of young children, ages 2-5 years and incorporates nautical elements that reflect the site.
Sustainability objectives included: increasing the number of trees on site, using porous surface materials and creation of a soft, restoring wetland habitat at the water's edge.
This new open space is a welcome staple, improving the quality of life for years to come.